De'Longhi Net Jumps 45.5 Percent in Quarter, 25.7 Percent for Fiscal Year
March 21, 2013,
TREVISO, Italy-Fourth-quarter net income for De'Longhi reached EUR54.7 million ($70.7 million), up 45.5 percent. This brought De'Longhi's bottom-line total for the year to EUR118 million ($152.2 million), an increase of 25.7 percent.
Net sales for the global housewares manufacturer reached EUR541.3 million ($703.7 million), an increase of 4.9 percent, in the quarter, which ended on Dec. 31. This brought net sales for the fiscal year to EUR1.5 billion ($2 billion), up 7 percent. The top line benefited from continuing strength in the company's two most important product categories, coffeemakers and food-preparation appliances.
In its statement summarizing these results, De'Longhi said 2013 is shaping up as "uncertain" in its main markets. "Management thinks that (the company), despite operating in a difficult environment, should be able to continue on its growth trajectory, thanks to the strength deriving from its know-how, from its competitive positioning, from the good exposure to emerging markets, from the presence in fast-growing business as well as thanks to the new potential added through the Braun Household deal," the company said.
The latter remark refers to De'Longhi's purchase last year of the Braun brand for household products from Procter & Gamble. De'Longhi effectively took over the Braun operations on Jan. 1.